An unHappy Meal: how government spending forced reliance on fast food

by Olivia Olson

Those living in poverty are among the victims of a system that renders fast food and other such unhealthy products the only viable options for low-income citizens. From commodity crop subsidies, to federal programs that place fast food in the heart of urban areas, obesity is not “a moral lapse of a brain chemical but the effect of poverty.”

Substandard Housing: The Choice No American Should Have to Make

by Raphael Bostic I heard a story recently about a man who lived in a crooked apartment. The floor was sloped, so that if you placed a bottle at one end of the room, it would roll downhill until it hit the other wall. The apartment was rent-controlled, and the man who lived in it was…

Climate, Environmental Health Vulnerability, and Physical Planning

Jovanna Rosen, a Ph.D. student in Urban Planning and Development at the USC Price School, published an article titled “Climate, Environmental Health Vulnerability, and Physical Planning: A Review of the Forecasting Literature” in the Journal of Planning Literature. In the piece, she ties environmental health, planning, and climate forecasting literature to formulate some conclusions on the field.…

Cutting bureaucratic red tape for the public good

originally published on USC News, March 27, 2015 By overcoming obstacles, health services official reforms public health and strengthens communities How does policy work impact public health issues and the community? Mitchell Katz, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, discussed the topic during an event hosted on March 3 by the…